New York City. - “Liwanag,” an art exhibit by renowned Filipino- Spanish artist Maria Mari Murga, was successfully launched in the evening of 24 September, at the Lobby Gallery of the Philippine Center. The opening night was attended by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr., Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez, DFA Undersecretaries Enrique Manalo and
Brigido Dulay who are in New York for the UN General Assembly.Mr. Henry B. Howard of the US-Philippines Society, Mr. Luca Parolari of Pintô Museum, art enthusiasts and members of the Filipino-American community in the tristate area likewise attended the opening ceremony.
“Liwanag” detailed Mari Murga’s journey to the rural parts of the Philippines, portraying Filipino farmers, fishermen and indigenous peoples going about their daily lives. Murga said that “she used her skills to showcase the daily lives of the people and scenes and put them on spotlight for the rest of the world to discover.” She hopes that her art will serve as a reminder of how vibrant and beautiful the Philippines is. Her artworks used a beautiful selection of hand carved frames from Zamboanga City.
Secretary Locsin congratulated Murga on the success of the exhibit and encouraged her to continue promoting Philippine culture and art through her works. Murga thanked Secretary Locsin and Ambassador Romualdezfor their support and for the collaboration and assistance extended by the Philippine Consulate and the Philippine Center.
Maria Mari Murga is a Filipino Spanish artist based in London whose origin hails from Zamboanga City. She’s the granddaughter of a WWII Bataan Death March survivor.
The exhibit, which was co-sponsored by the US Philippine Society and co-presented by the Philippine Center New York, is open to the public until 11 October 2019.